Thursday, September 27, 2012

PPSD Now has a Structural Deficit of Structures

Linda Borg:

PROVIDENCE –– The Providence schools are projecting a surge in enrollment, just one year after the district closed five schools.

Although enrollment estimates are an imprecise science, especially four or five years out, the School Department projects it will add almost 2,000 students by the 2021-2022 school year. This number is based on data analyzed by the district in addition to information provided by the New England School Development Council, which projects enrollments for school districts.

Let's look at the bright side first, shall we?

It is looking like the PPSD will survive the main shock of the ongoing manufactured crisis more or less intact. We're not going to turn into the next DC, Detroit or New Orleans. We're not going to spend the next decade fighting a rearguard action over the slow, intentional destruction of the district.

This is another blow to Taveras' credibility on education.

Meanwhile, we may need some of those closed schools back. And there's this:

The problem is that the city has asked for proposals to reuse these buildings, and Achievement First, a charter school operator, has submitted a request to use Perry Middle School and Flynn Elementary School. The charter wants to open two elementary schools, the first in the fall of 2013.

There are perfectly good closed Catholic school buildings in Cranston they can use.

Also, wtf Linda?

It has also closed a small high school on Broad Street.

I'd say "Feinstein High School on Elmwood Avenue was closed citing inadequate facilities; Paul Cuffee School opened a charter high school in the building the following year."

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